100 Plus Simple Loose Parts Ideas

Loose Parts Ideas

A growing collection of loose parts ideas.
For more on loose parts check out this definition of Loose Parts Play, read Simon Nicholson’s Theory Of Loose Parts, and find more loose parts resources here.

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Earthworms

Earthworms
In his Theory Of Loose Parts, Simon Nicholson does not specifically mention earthworms, but he does mention animals as variables with which children love to interact--and earth worms are easy ...
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Rocks
Whether in their natural habitat or hauled onto your playground or into your classroom, rocks are delightfully variable loose parts. Kids can climb them, stack them, sort them, throw them, ...
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Jazz Music

Jazz Music
In his Theory Of Loose Parts article, Simon Nicholson specifically mentions music as a loose part--a variable in the environment. From Acid Jazz to Dixieland to Swing, jazz music offers ...
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Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes
Wind chimes are loose parts that support the exploration of wind as well as concepts like motion, force, and sound ...
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Funnels

Funnels
Funnels are great loose parts for water and sensory play, but they also come in handy during stem play, dramatic play, art projects, and other child-led learning. The exploration of ...
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Clay

Clay
Clay is an environmental variable that sparks creativity, object play, sensory play, and more ...
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Milk Crates

Milk Crates
They're sturdy and lightweight. They can be steps or baskets. They come in lots of colors. What's not to love? Milk Crates are ideal loose parts for heavy work and ...
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Chalk

Chalk
Inside or outdoors, chalk is a loose part that'll keep interested children busy playing and creating for hours ...
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